10 reasons every christian should share message of Jesus – Part 1
Every person in your church has a message to share with the world. The middle-aged business owner has one. The single parent has one. The 10-year-old you just baptized has one. The 95-year-old in a senior citizen home has one, too.
As pastors, we understand that every member is a minister. And so telling others about who Jesus is and what he came to do isn’t a commission meant just for us.The Bible makes it clear that God has called every believer to share the message of Jesus with everyone.I know it’s not easy to get everyone in our congregations to commit to evangelism. And it can be frustrating to hear people say they don’t know what to say, they don’t have time, or they are embarrassed to talk about spiritual matters.
At our church, we’ve learned that explaining why evangelism is so important helps people understand the necessity and value of sharing their faith. Here are 10 reasons from the Bible why God wants us to share our faith.
• God made us to know him.
Human beings are unique. God made us in his image. We have a spirit, which means we can communicate with God. The Bible tells us, “Even before the world was made, God had already chosen us to be his through our union with Christ, so that we would be holy and without fault before him” (Ephesians 1:4 GNT). God wants a long-term relationship with us. People who do not know God miss the very point for which he put them on this planet. And that’s tragic!
• Evangelism was Jesus’ mission—and we’re called to do likewise.
The Bible makes it clear that Jesus’ mission is “to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10 NIV). Because we were created to be like Christ, our mission should be the same as his. In fact, in John 17:18, Jesus spells this out even more specifically: “In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world, I give them a mission in the world” (The Message).
Jesus repeats this message over and over in the New Testament. If I’m a Christian, my mission in life isn’t optional—it’s a command. We’re either obedient to do what Jesus did or we’re not.
• Evangelism is our responsibility.
The Bible says, “When I tell wicked people they will die because of their sins, you must warn them to turn from their sinful ways so they won’t be punished. If you refuse, you are responsible for their death” (Ezekiel 3:18 CEV). God makes it clear that if people around us are headed for hell and we don’t share the Gospel with them, we’re responsible. People are in our lives for a reason. If we don’t tell them about Jesus and they spend an eternity away from God, that’s on them—but it’s on us, too.
• Evangelism is a privilege.
Second Corinthians 5:20 reminds us that we have the privilege of being “Christ’s ambassadors.” We have the opportunity to represent the King of Kings to the people in our lives. It’s a privilege to serve as an ambassador for a government. But it’s a much, much bigger privilege to represent the Creator of the universe to our friends, family, and neighbors—along with those who live on the other side of the planet. That’s the opportunity we have as we tell others about Jesus!
Dr. Bola Akin-John
INTERNATIONAL CHURCH GROWTH MINISTRY
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